You’ll usually need:

2 or fewer GCSEs at grades 3 to 1 (D to G) for a level 1 course
2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D) for a level 2 course

  • knowledge of building and construction
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • the ability to work well with others
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • knowledge of maths 
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
  • groundworking – marking out and digging trenches for foundations and drains
  • formworking – putting up panels that hold setting concrete in place
  • steel fixing – bending and fixing bars used to reinforce concrete structures
  • steel piling – joining steel sheets to form temporary retaining walls for excavations
  • concreting – laying concrete for foundations, floors and beams
  • road working – laying kerbs, paving and resurfacing

You’ll also help tradespeople on site, like bricklayers, by keeping them supplied with materials and mortar.

You could train on the job to become a qualified tradesperson or with experience, become a site supervisor, estimator or construction manager.

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